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At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Slugger » 04 Nov 2009 21:06

Literature/English is not one of my sister's strong suites. They're reading Beowulf now in 12th grade English and I helped her with her one assignment tonight. The supplementary material included this list of grammatical errors, which included:

[*]catenative verbs
[*]dangling participles
[*]lack of or faulty parallelism
[*]modal auxiliary verbs
[*]pretentious language
[*]split infinitives
[*]stacked noun phrases
[*]unnecessary intensifiers
[*]untriggered reflexive pronouns

I sat there for a moment trying to figure out how to explain the definitions to her, then walked up to my room, pulled out The Butlerian Jihad, and proceeded to go through it with her, picking out examples. We had more than enough material and I think she understood how not to write.

So, at least I got another use out of these books. Feel a little better about spending the money...just slightly.

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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Hunchback Jack » 04 Nov 2009 21:50

:lol:

"Unnecessary intensifiers", particularly.

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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Schu » 05 Nov 2009 03:49

that's awesome!

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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Freakzilla » 05 Nov 2009 07:47

Ultra-awesome! :wink:
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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Serkanner » 05 Nov 2009 13:10

Freakzilla wrote:Ultra-awesome! :wink:


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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby lotek » 05 Nov 2009 16:03

:clap: :clap:

that's just pure win!
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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Ampoliros » 05 Nov 2009 16:42

excellent!
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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Lisan Al-Gaib » 05 Nov 2009 18:29

I would love to know what exeamples did you used. What parts, what phrases. Only to laugh a little =)
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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby Seraphan » 05 Nov 2009 18:47

Yeah, we could put it together with A Thing of Eternity's review of sandworms of dune and other analysis of why McDune is utter crap.
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Re: At least one good use for theHack's writing

Postby A Thing of Eternity » 05 Nov 2009 19:08

I've always wanted to print out my Sandworms review and mail it to both the hacks. :)
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